From New York
to Geneva to Budapest to Gortin (Omagh!) youth@clc travelled
far and wide campaigning for issues concerning children’s
rights. Members attended the UN as delegates spoke at
conferences and visited other youth groups to discuss
Young Persons conference for Europe and Central Asia.
A representative of youth@clc attended a preparatory meeting
for young people to discuss issues affecting their lives which
would be fed into UNICEF report for the United Nations General
Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Children. The purpose
if which was to strengthen and reaffirm commitments made by
world leaders upon the signing of the United Nations Convention
of the Rights the Child (UNCRC). This experience was extremely
valuable as it enabled participants to learn about different
countries’ attitudes to children’s rights.
A representative of youth@clc also attended an inter-governmental
conference which allowed some delegates to feedback the outcome
of the Budapest conference to the European heads of state,
enabling young peoples’ voices to be heard at an international
A representative of youth@clc attended the launch of a draft
paper by the EU outlining what provisions should be made for
young people in Europe, regarding youth services and resources.
Young people who attended this launch were offered an opportunity
to have their voices heard in relation to the final legislation
in this area.
The Children’s Forum ran three days prior to a worldwide
summit on children (UNGASS.) This allowed youth delegates
from all over the world to explore the issues discussed at
the summit. Issues included child poverty and children in
The UNGASS summit, a major conference marking the 10th anniversary
of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,
was an extremely important historical event. Ten years previously,
child participation amounted to a child in national costume
handing world leaders a pen to sign a document promising rights
for young people. This world summit on children actually included
young people on the government delegation. One member of Youth@CLC
was on the UK government delegation and was able to sit in
on hearings, discussions and meetings whilst in the UN. This
was an invaluable experience for the group member concerned
and it proved to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The examination of the UK governments commitment to the UNCRC.
Representatives from the UK government were questioned over
their commitment to the UNCRC by the UN Committee on the Rights
of the Child. This opportunity gave member of youth@clc an
insight into the workings of the United Nations and an opportunity
to help the UK government.